Instructors

Joann Burnham

Joann headshotJoann is the Co-founder and Director of Dharma Yoga Nantucket.

She thanks her lucky stars for the day she arrived at the doorstep of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York City. That was more than 20 years ago and she has been practicing Yoga ever since.

She received her teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. She holds a certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from the Duke University School of Integrative Medicine. She is also a certified aerial yoga instructor and a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor. She received her teaching certificate in Restorative Yoga from Nadya Matychak. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

She is responsible for creating, developing and teaching the annual Yoga program at The Sankaty Head Golf Club. She also teaches year round at The Westmoor Club. Joann is the co-founder of the annual Nantucket Yoga Festival.

She recently returned from a pilgrimage to the spiritual heart of India with Bhakti teacher Raghunath.

Joann is profoundly grateful to all the teachers along the way who have encouraged her to follow her heart. In particular, she is thankful to Dharma Mittra, a true Yoga Master, who at 76-years of age, continues to teach daily with humility and love.

She lives on Nantucket year-round with her husband Ted and their dog Lucie. It is her great joy to teach students of all ages and levels of ability sharing with them the many benefits of Yoga.

Ted Burnham

ted headshotTed is Co-Founder of Dharma Yoga Nantucket.

Ted’s practice has been a long and winding road. It began with an Asana practice at age 19, advanced meditation techniques years later, then more advanced practices nearly 20 years after that. In the end he earned a teaching certificate.

From his early teacher he studied the Vedas, including the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Ramayana, the Rigveda and the Upanishads. Through study and practice he developed a greater understanding of creative consciousness and the field of all possibilities. In 1990 Ted completed the Maharishi Advanced TM Siddhi program in Washington DC.

Ted is also an accomplished oil painter. He studied painting, anatomy and drawing at The Art Students League in New York with the iconic Frank Mason. The required in depth classes in anatomy gave him a solid understanding of body structure allowing him to often visually assess the needs of his yoga students. As a former athlete he has experienced his share of injuries and knows that his daily yoga practice not only has repaired his body but improved its flexibility, strength and balance.

He received his Yoga teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. He holds a certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from the Duke University School of Integrative Medicine. He is also a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor which is known for its highly personalized approach to maximize athletic performance. He received this training in Arizona from Katherine Roberts the owner and creator of the program. He received his teaching certificate in Restorative Yoga with Nadya Matychak.

He is an Experienced Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance.

Ted recently returned from a pilgrimage to the spiritual heart of India with Bhakti teacher Raghunath.

He is co-founder, with his wife Joann, of the Nantucket Yoga Festival.

As a rising Yogi he wakes daily before dawn to perform his practice, welcome the light and is ever appreciative of his joyful and selfless teachers Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dharma Mittra.

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Ieva Aldins

bio_ievaIeva Aldins has been practicing asana yoga for 13 years. She is a certified yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance. Recently, she travelled to southern India where she lived in ashrams studying Sivananda and Siddha yoga. Sivananda is a sequence of specific hatha postures designed to increase flexibility and strength in the body as well as concentration and focus of the mind. Sivananda incorporates relaxation and breathing throughout the sequence. It is practiced in an inward, meditative fashion and is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

Ieva originally began practicing yoga to help heal her lungs. She continued to practice over the years using it as a compliment to her running and surfing athletics. From there her practice evolved into a great love and passion that has gone beyond it’s bodily benefits. Yoga has led her down a road of good health and gratitude. She is experienced in Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusura, Vinyasa, and Sivananda styles of yoga.

“I believe you can do anything you put your energy and efforts towards and I am grateful to the practice of yoga for opening this awareness. I am indebted to Ishwara Martin and Girija Ma for their teachings, and to Joann and Ted Burnham for giving me the opportunity to share this practice with you. May it bring you great peace, health and happiness.” -Ieva

Sheri Perelman

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Sheri has been teaching yoga on Nantucket year round since 1990.

She received her certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1989.  Her education continued and continues to this day as she is inspired by teachers such as Patricia Walden, Eric Schiffmann, Suzie Hurley, Betsey Downing, Rod Stryker, Tao Porchon-Lynch and TKV Desikachar.. Her personal practice as well as her instruction style has been greatly influenced by the Iyengar, Anusara and Para Yoga styles.

She thinks of yoga as being a holistic approach to living and invites participants to bring their yoga into the world as they step off their mats. Using her extensive knowledge of the physical body and her keen sense of humor, her intention is to lead classes that are safe, fun and whole, always bringing a sense of spirit into each practice.

Leading classes is her joy and living yoga is her passion.

Sheri is RYT200 and RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and has an ongoing Jin Shin Jyutsu practice since 1999.

When she is not doing or leading yoga, seeing personal clients for JSJ or Ayurveda, you may meet her walking on the beach with her Havanese, Amma and/or her husband Sheriff Jim.

Megan DuBois

As the mother of four, Megan is drawn to the aspects of peace, balance and inner strength that are the byproducts of a committed yoga practice. As a teacher, Megan endeavors to pass these benefits on to her students by creating classes that are designed to settle the mind, challenge the body and open the heart to the present moment. She likes to bring a varied approach to her classes by blending the styles of the teachers that have influenced her the most– Rolf Gates, Sarah Powers and Jimmy Barkan. Megan has just completed her first year as a year round Nantucketer. Before relocating to Nantucket, Megan co-founded Island Wave Yoga in Pawleys Island, SC. She is e-RYT200 and RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance having completed her 200 hour training in Virginia Beach and her 500 hour training at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC.
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Dorothy Stover

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Dorothy is a 7th generation Nantucketer. Years ago, during a low point in her 20’s, Dorothy decided her life would be about love, and that everything she would do in life would be done from a position of love. This mantra has set her on the path of Yoga. The practice of Yoga has enabled her to let go of, and undo, what doesn’t support her life’s foundation of love. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, the yoga capital of the world. She attended Rishikesh Yog Peeth in the Himalayan Mountains. RYP has helped lay a beautiful and strong yoga foundation. Dorothy is also a student of Belinda Davidson’s School for the Modern Mystic. The classes combined Dorothy’s love and life philosophy, the art of letting go and undoing, and the body’s ability to heal itself using traditional Pranayamas (breathing techniques) Asanas (Yoga poses), Chakras (the body’s energy points), and White Light meditations.

Dorothy wears many hats. She launched her businesses Nantucket Allies in 2012 and the Nantucket Trade Bank in 2013. Both companies help support the local economy on the island. She is a writer and the author of Amazing Love Diet and War on Love. She has a weekly advice column on The Nantucket Chronicle called Freaky Friday which deals with love, relationships, dating and anything else the human soul may need answers to. Dorothy is also a self-love and relationship coach, helping others live their life for love. She finds Yoga is a sensational way to become more mindful within your body, community, and relationships while gaining a greater sense of self. When you come to one of her classes, the power of yourself and love of your body is put back into your hands.

She would like to thank the Island community for supporting her through the ups and down of her journey; especially Joann and Ted for their support, love and giving her a space to share her love of yoga and life.

E-MAIL: info@dharmayoganantucket.com
PHONE: 508-901-1355

Testimonials

I have never taken a yoga class which I so look forward to as Joann’s. She has created an oasis of sorts in this space at the farm. Her kindness, gentleness, and compassion radiate from her beautiful spirit. Each class presents a challenge for me to overcome.” —TP

It was the first time I have had such personal attention during practice. It was the fine tuning and different ways of thinking about the postures that I found extremely helpful. When I started with Joann, I had just thrown my back out and could hardly bend forward. I am blown away by the progress I have made in such a short period of time.” —SS

I began practicing yoga last year, about the same time I started chemotherapy for breast cancer. At first I was thinking, “Wow! There is no way I am ever going to be able to do these poses!” But with the help of Joann and Ted showing me variations leading up to a particular pose, I am now standing on my head! I feel that yoga has brought a sense of lightness and relief into my life. I am a calmer person. Keeping negativity out and letting in all that is positive. Yoga has helped me realize that I have the power to do whatever I want. Now it’s a year later and I am cancer free, happy, and standing as a strong warrior! Thank you Joann and Ted for sharing your practice!” —K.L.

Practicing yoga with Sheri has not only added flexibility to my body but a new awareness of my over all health. In class we are guided through postures and encouraged to listen to our bodies as we attempt to press beyond what our mind tells us we can do. I am amazed at some postures I have been able to form and hold. Practice of this type encourages me to press beyond the familiar in life as well; it is healthy and inspiring.” –Janet

It’s a class I look forward to every week. Sheri takes the time to help with positions, encourage and praise each individual student. It makes me feel so much better for what I feel I can accomplish week to week.” –M.R.

We LOVED your class, it was exactly what we needed and we’re going to be back! Thank you for letting us borrow mats and for leading us in that amazing class. We’ll see you Sunday!” —Mallory

Almost 3 years ago I walked into a yoga class at the gym because another friend asked me to try it out. I figured I could use the stretching. Megan DuBois was the teacher. She made the space as conducive to a yoga practice as possible and from that first class I was hooked. Her teaching style spoke to me and I enjoyed her humor. She is very “hands-on” and makes each class both interesting, challenging, and fun. I began to ask her questions and before I knew it she had mentored me right into Yoga Teacher Training. She has been a great encouragement and truly knows what she is talking about in and out of the yoga studio.” –Sharon

I started taking Yoga with Megan as a personal experiment about four years ago. She impressed me with her knowledge of not only Yoga but understanding of the human anatomy and its movement. Her inspiration is the reason I have been participating in regular yoga classes twice a week for the past 4 years. I just clebrated my 70th birthday and have never felt better or more physically fit since competing in collegiate and International Wrestling some 35-45 years ago.” –Harry